Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Going It Alone

It seems that the Dems are ready to "go it alone" on ObamaCare, according to this piece in the New York Times. Their current position seems to be moving toward blaming Republicans for lack of bipartisanship and refusing to compromise, and moving ahead with their plans for enacting reform on their own. Does that mean reconciliation? That much isn't clear.

The Times quotes Rahmbo who says "The Republican leadership has made a strategic decision that defeating President Obama's health care proposal is more important for their political goals than solving the health insurance problems American's face every day."

This quote is interesting on two points, to me. First is that he assumes, or at least pretends to assume, that Republicans are opposed to ObamaCare simply on political grounds; it's all about Obama. Never mind the move toward socialism, forcing people into government run plans, and shutting down the private insurance industry over time. Never mind fears of health care rationing and poor care. It's all about defeating Obama. To assume that is delusional.

The second point is that he says the Dems goal is to solve "health insurance problems." People with insurance don't perceive any problems. Polls indicate that people with insurance are pleased with it. No reform needed.

What about the eight million (which is more accurate than the Dems touted number of 47 million) without insurance? There are more reasonable plans that have been floated to solve that problem than the current ObamaCare plan of total government takeover. Tax incentives and insurance savings plans to name two.

The Dems will be creating their own "Waterloo" should they shut Republicans out of this process as they did on Porkulus. People are fed up. People are sick of big government and sick of the current way of business in Washington. The town halls across the country are evidence of that.

I would say to the Dems, tread carefully on this one, but don't tread on me.

(More at Memeorandum)


smitty1e said...

The motive for making everything personal, and reducing the debate to a child's comic book drawn in crayon, is to distract from the weighty Constitutional questions.
Anybody with shred #1 of a grasp of the document knows that this is such a big deal that it should require a full-on Amendment.
Opening that box of crayons threatens review of the entire Progressive project, which is predicated on keeping the people from doing all of that heavy 'thinking' stuff.
I think the NYT piece is pure fluff, for all we have to take it VERY seriously.

G. R. said...

Once again today I listened to my allotment of America Left. Today it was somebody by the name of Stephanie Miller.

Ms Miller and her guests were giving each other high fives and slapping each other on the back congratulating themselves for proving the Republicans wrong on the stimulus package and the Cash for Clunkers program.

By Golly, these programs really worked, and the success of these programs are going to kill the Republicans in 2010, because the Republicans are playing their Ace card in the middle of the hand, according Steph.

Old Steph and guests are basing this on the fact that GM are going to build some 60,000 more cars for the Cash for Clunker program and call back some 1,300 people to build them. Plus they said Dell and Osh Gosh had some increases in production as of late.

Yes siree! The old economy has made a big turn around on those gigantic numbers.

What tripe!

In the mean time many dealers aren't getting reimbursed for their participation of the Cash for Clunker debacle.
There is an unsubstantiated report that a local dealership only received $1,300, because the person who bought a car owed the government money, and the government got its share, before reimbursing the dealer.

Another dealership in Central Louisiana, yesterday said, he's still owed over $100,000.00, and several of his claims have been denied for failure to submit certain pieces of paperwork. When he explained he did submit the necessary paperwork, the bureaucrat said, "Oh yeah! But since we already denied it, you'll have to resubmit your claim."

The real kicker was Steph and Guests tried to compare what's going on with all of the crap Obama is stuffing down our throats as sausage making by saying, "We're in the middle of the process of sausage making. It doesn't look good in the middle of the process, but in the end you have beautiful sausage."

As for Obama and Democrats sausage making, in the end it will be the average American that gets ground up.